Signed Athletes: Class of 2014

Chase Smith
The Virginia Military Institution will be receiving a new football center next fall.  Chase Smith chose VMI because not only will he be able to play Division 1 football, but will also be able to serve his country.  Chase’s advice for underclassman is, “work as hard as you can and it always pays off.  Stay humble and confident for what you do well.”

Brooke Packard
Volleyball player, Brooke Packard, will head to Texas next fall to play for the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).  Brooke looks foward to playing in college, but also succeeding and working toward the career she wants to pursue.  She chose UTEP because, “the atmosphere is great and the college has an amazing support system for their athletes.”

Dakota Stephens
Dakota Stephens has committed to play soccer at North Carolina State University.  Dakota has been a member of Woodgrove’s Varsity Soccer Team, as well as an elite travel team.  Dakota looks forward to starting her collegiate team, especially since there will be a new coach.  “It’s more of a transition year and I am really excited,” said Dakota.

Matt Wright
Matt Wright has committed to play baseball next year at the University of Virginia (UVA) Wise.  Matt chose UVA Wise because the baseball team has an atmosphere much like the high school team at Woodgrove he’s been a part of.  Matt’s biggest advice for underclassmen is to “be responsible and make smart choices.”  He looks forward to “playing baseball at the next level and living the dream!”

Mariah Quintero
Cross Country runner, Mariah Quintero, has committed to run in the fall for Louisburg College.  Mariah chose Louisburg because it is “small school, with a new cross country and track team.  It also offers a great education opportunity.”  She looks forward to meeting new people and being on a new team.  Mariah’s advice for underclassmen is,” work hard and remember to have fun.”

Jordan Jackson
Jordan Jackson will head down to Charlottesville to play football for the University of Virginia.  JJ looks forward to travelling all over the country next year and is especially excited to play Florida State.  JJ chose UVA “because of its great academics and its proximity to home.”  Last year, JJ set a school record for 5 sacks against Loudoun County.

Brett Nesslerodt
Brett Nesslerodt has signed to play football for Bridgewater College.  As a linebacker, Brett looks forward to continuing playing his favorite sport.  His favorite best football memory, like many of his teammates, was “beating Broad Run on Senior Night and beating Valley three years in a row.”

Josh Sweet
Football running back, Josh Sweet, has committed to play for the Big Red next fall at Cornell University.  Josh had 2,677 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns this year and looks forward to contributing to the Ivy League football team.  Josh’s advice for underclassmen is “do not let anyone outwork you because winning on Friday nights is earned in the offseason in the weight room.”

Polly Healy
Polly Healy has committed to play Division III soccer at the University of Mary Washington.  Polly picked UMW because of school  atmosphere and playing soccer there will be an added bonus for her.  Her advice for underclassmen is, “don’t pick your college based on your sport.  Decide if you like it first and then see if you can play there.”

Congratulations to all signed athletes!
If you have committed to play a sport next fall in college, please let the Woodgrove Outlander staff know, so we can feature you in our next edition.